Anthropology professor Chris Begley is Transylvania’s own Indiana Jones. An archaeologist who works primarily in the jungles of the Mosquito Coast of Honduras in Central America, Begley has a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, and has worked extensively in the field in Central and South America, including Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Peru. He has also worked extensively in eastern North America.
As part of the festivities for the inauguration of Transylvania’s 25th president, R. Owen Williams, Begley will lead a tour of Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park with Steven McBride, a fellow archaeologist who is director of interpretation and archaeology at the park. This Civil War-era Union camp saw nearly 80,000 Union troops pass through, including 30,000 African-American soldiers. The tour of the park will include visits to the remaining historic structures and earthworks including the area to be excavated by Transylvania students later this year, and insights about the camp that archaeologists have discovered over the last several years.
Students in Begley’s classes have worked in the field in Athens, Ky., and visited sites in Iceland, Honduras, and Guianas during May term travel courses. Introduction to archaeology, Latin American prehistory, sustainable development, Appalachia and the environment, and cultural geography are just some of the courses Begley teaches at Transylvania.Space is limited for this inauguration event. To sign up for the tour of Camp Nelson, visit the inauguration webpage and register online. For more about Chris Begley, visit his bio page.